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Poster: orchiddoctor Date: Dec 19, 2006 5:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Here's to Uncle Bobo

Having stayed way tooooo long in the Wolfgang thread, I realize we have not paid any props to the man who was always just offstage, Bill G. Hate him or love him (and some did both), he is more responsible for the music we love today than almost anyone else. Sure, he wanted money, honey. But he gave as good as he got--and usually better. Just look at the old posters--Miles Davis, Roland Kirk--all sorts of artists "hippies" would never have been exposed to. Bills with the Dead, the Airplane, and Big Brother--who needed Woodstock when it was right there at the Fillmore West or East or Winterland?

He touched them all, touched us all.

I think at midnight on the 31st, you should put on your favorite NYE Sugar Magnolia and hoist a glass to Uncle Bobo.

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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: Dec 20, 2006 8:05am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Here's to Uncle Bobo

I would recommend reading his autobiography to anyone that has any interest at all in music or the entrepreneurial spirit. Bill was all about doing things the right way - it was all about the audience experience. He was a very profound man, who had an extremely difficult early life. He gave 100% to the cause of Rock & Roll. I dare say that today he is surrounded by some very close and appreciative friends.

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Poster: orchiddoctor Date: Dec 20, 2006 8:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Here's to Uncle Bobo

If you read his autobiography, also read the biography. One thing about Uncle Bobo is that he loved to stretch the truth when it came to personal matters. But between the two books, you will discover a lot of very interesting anecdotes and the like.

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Poster: 007snapper4 Date: Dec 20, 2006 10:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Here's to Uncle Bobo

I met him in Paris @the Zenith.Someone told me never call him "Uncle Bobo" he didn't like being called that name.I said"Hi Bill"and got a pat on the back.I remember the power going out when I lived in Novato when the accident happened.The weather was really bad.

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Poster: orchiddoctor Date: Dec 20, 2006 1:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Here's to Uncle Bobo

Oh, now, no problem calling him Uncle Bobo as long as your last name was Weir.

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Poster: SactownTom Date: Dec 20, 2006 8:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Here's to Uncle Bobo

Always felt real safe at Bobo's shows. You knew Oakland or SFPD wasn't gonna mess with you inside the venue. You could freak freely without worry. Nothing like an $8 dollar Winterland show. Money was certainly important to BG, but he didn't blatantly rip us off. I remember when the Stones went with a different promoter/sponser (Labatt's?) for a tour for the first time since the 69 tour--Bill was mighty miffed. He was quoted as saying something like, "for a measly million dollars?" they had the nerve to go with somebody else. And what do Stones tickets cost now? Talk about a ripoff...

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Poster: patkelley Date: Dec 20, 2006 6:19am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Here's to Uncle Bobo

He was more of a presence in the early early days. By the late 70s he was promoting like 1/5 of the GD shows.

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Poster: orchiddoctor Date: Dec 20, 2006 7:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Here's to Uncle Bobo

Yeah, but his 20 percent were at the finest of Dead style venues--e.g. Winterland. And the always seemed to push a little harder when in Bill's house.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Dec 20, 2006 8:10am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Here's to Uncle Bobo

There is no way to overstress how well BGP handled the venues and scene at shows in the 80s, especially as things started to explode. The fact that Clear Channel now owns BGP, after acquiring the same from SFX, makes my stomach turn. So it goes. All I can say is that if I hadn't been helped by BGP staff and folks from the Haight Ashbury med clinic on one particularly long night (someone laced me with angel dust while i was already flying very high), I might be in a padded room somewhere. Or worse yet, I could have been at a Jon Scher show on the east coast and had the shit beaten out of me by security and tossed to the cops. Bill oversaw a class organization insofar as how they created a safe environment for activiites that were not always kindly looked at my local authorities.

And a big thank you to the great beyond for his work in setting up and running those Jerry Lunt Fontane shows - glad I had the chance to thank him in person.

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Poster: cush11 Date: Dec 19, 2006 9:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Here's to Uncle Bobo

A most splendid idea! I will definitely do that. Sounds a lot simpler than the 12/30 Grateful Grok... I am still interested in trying that though. I'll post something about it tomorrow...